China is notoriously famous for its counterfeit culture churning out replicas of just about anything and we take a look at the automobiles they’ve brazenly copied.
In this article, we look at 7 Chinese copycat cars that are on sale in the United States, but few people have chosen them. We all know that China is infamous for being a country that believes in developing cheap counterfeits of all kinds of products by taking advantage of its gigantic and cheap labor force. He did it with fashion, electronics and automotive. Here are these 7 cars that people don’t buy in the US despite being cheaper alternatives to the original models.
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7 Chinese Copycat Cars in the United States
The very first product on the list is an excellent example to measure the talent of Chinese automakers. We bet even die-hard car enthusiasts won’t be able to tell this counterfeit from the original. The Weikerui V7 is a replica model of the famous VW Up. Up is a popular compact city car sold in the United States and Europe. But the replica is able to perfectly imitate the grille, headlights, body panels, headlights and everything else. It looks like a clone that was unveiled in 2017. Apparently VW didn’t sue them for it.
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This next on our list of Chinese copycat cars will take you a while to connect with the original model it is a clone of. The Huansu C60 “borrowed” many design elements from the iconic Lamborghini Urus. The front body panels, stance, bumpers and taillights are components that resemble the Italian performance SUV. It was priced at $20,000, less than 1/10th the price of the original. But it should come as no surprise that the C60 is far from the fastest SUV in the world (which the Urus has been the longest).
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Geely beauty leopard
Admittedly, the Geely Beauty Leopard is one of the least successful attempts to replicate the iconic Toyota Supra. Geely already has a reputation for stealing designs from other automakers, but we have to say, it’s not their best work. The Leopard looks like a crumpled up version of the Supra. Additionally, design elements like the hood, headlights, body panels, etc. are nowhere similar to the original Japanese car.
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What they missed in the Beauty Leopard they were able to fix in the GE which was later renamed Emgrand GE. The GE was announced in 2009 but the final product turned out to be a compact replica of the Rolls Royce Phantom. The long hood, the colossal grille with vertical slats, the rectangular headlights and the elegant alloy wheels all aim to evoke the spirit of the Phantom. The price of this alternative was only $44,000 compared to the price of the original which was $350,000 in the United States. This one is easily among the most infamous Chinese cars in the United States.
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BYD is one of the world’s leading electric vehicle brands. However, in 2006 it launched the S8, which was originally to be called the F8. However, it doesn’t take too long to figure out the similarities to the Mercedes-Benz CLK. The headlights, the body panels, the long hood with similar characteristic creases, the alloy wheels, etc. are simply copied from the latter. However, the sedan featured a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 0-60 mph time of over 14 seconds distancing itself from the original Mercedes. Even prices were between $22,000 and $37,000 in 2009, which was a fraction of what the Merc cost.
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This next car on our list of Chinese copycat cars is also surprisingly similar to a Mercedes and people would need a moment to realize that it is not the original. The K One was a commendable knockoff of the Mercedes GLA compact SUV. The characteristic design of the grille, the headlights, the bumper, the skid plate, the alloy wheels and the side creases represent an ideal clone of the German SUV. However, the problem is that the K One is fully electric. It develops a modest 128 hp and weighs around 3,100 lb (about 1,400 kg), giving it a significantly lower power-to-weight ratio.
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People who remember the Daewoo Matiz/Chevrolet Spark will instantly recognize its Chinese twin, the Chery QQ. It was later renamed QQ3. Interestingly, the QQ was announced in 2003 and Chery claimed that they developed it independently. However, the similarities in the particular design are hard to ignore. GM South Korea sold the Chevrolet Spark there and GM Daewoo sued Chery and won an undisclosed amount. The QQ was not sold in the United States, but it managed to sell in large numbers in China due to its affordability. Its price was between $4,000 and $7,000 while the original model sold for over $10,000. Which of these Chinese copycat cars sold in the United States surprised you the most?
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